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What's Brewing

photos by Hew Burney and courtesy Lovelady Brewing

More Support for Local Beer

Craft Kitchen in Henderson of offering a four-course pairing for two featuring Nevada breweries, served every Friday night. For $60 a couple, you get pretzels and beer cheese with Big Dog’s Las Vegas Craft Lager, Bad Beat Bluffing Isn’t Weisse (Bavarian Hefeweisen) with maple/bacon glazed smoked wings, Big Dog’s Red Hydrant English Style Brown Ale with roasted bone marrow, and Great Basin Outlaw Milk Stout with mason magic bar. Craft Kitchen is at 10940 S. Eastern near Sunridge Heights. To reserve, call 702-728-5828.

The new Evel Pie at 508 Fremont St. has opened its patio, which is equipped with six taps, all of which are devoted to local breweries; its spring lineup consists of beers from Big Dog’s, Tenaya Creek, Joseph James, Crafthaus, Able Baker and Hop Nuts. The handles will rotate seasonally with the current lineup being offered until the week before Father’s Day.  

May Southern Nevada Beer Events

On May 6 Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa will host the 11th Annual Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience from 4-8 p.m. at the Sandbar pool area featuring unlimited tastes of more than 300 handcrafted beers and 70 tequilas. All proceeds from ticket sales and the event’s silent auction will go to help Lee’s Helping Hand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the community through four primary areas of education, team member involvement, disabled families and safe families. Tickets are available at any of the 19 Lee’s Discount Liquor locations. 

On May 9 PT’s Brewing Company at 3101 N. Tenaya Way will feature the beers of Brewmaster Dave Otto with a five-course dinner pairing five of his beers. On the menu will be smoked chicken tacos and smoked pork Thai spring rolls; hog hammers with baked beans paired with PT’s Sahara Pale Ale; buffalo steak tomato salad with fire roasted chicken matched with PT’s Sunset Wit; Memphis-style pork ribs with raisin and almond coleslaw paired with PT’s Durango Double IPA; Texas-style smoked beef brisket with collard greens and fried mac and cheese matched with PT’s Golden Hefeweizen; and apple crisps with vanilla ice cream with candied Applewood smoked bacon paired with PT’s Nutty Irishman (Irish Red infused with toasted macadamia nuts, coconut and cacao nibs). RSVP is required by May 4 by calling 725-333-7151.

The Stone Domination at Aces & Ales Tenaya location on May 13 beginning at 3 p.m. will open all 50 of its taps to rare and unique Stone beers including an Aces & Ales/Stone collaboration brew and the opportunity to meet and hang with Kris Ketchum, the head brewer of Stone Liberty Station brewery. Between now and then you can earn entries (by buying Stone beers or growlers) to the raffle taking place that night, with prizes of a case a month of Stone beer for one year, a trip for two to Stone Escondido and a mega Stone swag package. For more info visit acesandales.com/events.

The 8th Annual Brews & Blues Festival on May 27 at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve from 4-8 p.m. will have an array of local, regional, national and international beers and blues bands performing throughout. Tickets can be purchased at the Springs Preserve at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. or at vegasbrewsandblues.com

What’s on Tap

Although those in the know were aware of this news shortly after Bubba Amas left his brewmaster position at Barley’s Casino & Brewing Co. about six months ago, it was made official through a press release that Downtown Las Vegas-based Banger Brewing has taken over the brewing duties of the Henderson brewery. The 25-barrel brewhouse is one of Southern Nevada’s oldest, having opened 21 years ago and will maintain its identity separately from Banger. The new refreshed beer lineup includes Black Diamond Blonde Ale, Hefeweizen (Bavarian), Honey Blonde (high ABV blonde with rich body and subtle sweetness), Red Rock Red Ale, High Hops IPA, Bombshell (rich malty beer with dark malt flavors of molasses and chocolate), Black Night Stout and Buzz! Buzz! (a coffee-infused stout). 

Co-owner/Brewmaster Richard Lovelady reports the next seasonal at his Henderson-based Lovelady Brewing will be his Angry Red Headed Hawaiian—a 50/50 blend of his Belgian Red and Pineapple Sour aged on fresh jalapenos. He says it’s spicy, sour and sweet all in the same package.  

In June, over at Joseph James in Henderson, Head Brewer Kyle Weniger will release his second fruited Berliner Weisse of the year, with this one made with purees of blood orange and cranberry, as well as some cranberry juice added. Also around the same time, look for his Citra Rye on Brett and in July the 9th Anniversary Sour Red with boysenberries. 

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